Doors @ 6:00 show starts @ 7:00
Gene Smith has been writing songs for forty years; real songs about real life, some serious, some more whimsical. He has performed many of them with groups as varied as Boris Garcia, Psych-A-Billy, Sunhill Down, The Turnips, and Buddha’s Kitchen. All of these unique bands imparted their own flavor to the performances.
In 2013, Gene approached bassist Chris Henderson and asked if he would be interested in joining him on a project that would reimagine and come up with new arrangements of this vast catalog, performing them the way he envisioned the songs in his head when he wrote them.
Thus the journey that is “The Gene Smith Band” began. With contributions from a rotating cast of some of the Philadelphia Area’s best instrumentalists who join them for shows, The Gene Smith Band is realizing Gene’s vision of presenting these songs as they were originally conceived.
When Roses & Cigarettes released their debut album in May of 2015, singer Jenny Pagliaro and guitarist Angela Petrilli were anxious to get out into the clubs to promote it by playing the songs live. Those plans were put on hold in early July when Pagliaro was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer, and immediately began treatment. Jenny underwent two surgeries, 8 rounds of chemo and radiation only to have the cancer return again in September of 2016 – just prior to the band’s West Coast tour. Jenny is now at Stage IV, but is more determined then ever to beat the disease and keep making music with Roses & Cigarettes. “I have to take care of myself and get healthy – that’s my priority, but my music and the band will be an important part of that healing process.”
Roses & Cigarettes formed in Los Angeles in 2013 when the country cover band that Pagliaro was singing in auditioned Petrilli for a vacant guitar position. The girls immediately bonded over their desire to perform original material and similar tastes in music – from the classics like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Bonnie Raitt; to more contemporary artists like Patty Griffin, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert. It was a mutual love of singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne and his song, “Roses and Cigarettes,” that inspired the name of the band. Roses & Cigarettes’ music is an eclectic blend of Roots, Rock, Americana, Country and Pop – the perfect recipe for the classic California sound. The band has sold out shows at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica and Second Stage at Hotel Café in Hollywood; and they have supported Jim Lauderdale, Luther Dickinson, Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, Radney Foster, The Record Company, Elizabeth Cook, and Amanda Shires among others. Roses & Cigarettes’ music has been featured on KLOS FM and KCSN FM in Los Angeles; and the girls are endorsed by Fender Guitars and D’Addario guitar strings.
Roses & Cigarettes are currently in the studio in LA recording an acoustic record, which is due out later this year. The band’s self-titled debut album is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and most other digital outlets; and on their website: rosesandcigarettes.com.
Guitarjo playing the axe. A’gent on Vox & Bass .
Tickets $12 Online or $15 at the door
($.75 online handling fee applies)
Stuff to keep in mind
1. No paper tickets are mailed. Your name will be added to the Will Call list.
2. Chaplin’s is BYOB. There is a $4 per drinker corkage fee, for those who would like to bring beer or wine.
3. Doors open one hour before showtime.
4. Chaplin’s does not allow audio or video recording during live performances.
Reserved seating in the main listening room
Reserved table seating for parties of 3 or more only. Parties of 1 or 2 still have the option to sit at the bar, balcony, or any open table. View Seating Chart for layout of main listening room.
Our Cafe opens at 7pm, and we will hold your table until 7:45.
Please print your receipt in order to redeem your reservation.